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Installing and modifying Debian GNU/Linux on tablet computer

Mar. 9, 2020 -

For some years now I use a tablet as main computer, I like its versatility. But, most tablets come with a locked down operating system, like iPadOS, Windows 10S or Android. As I like things my own (weird) way, I wondered if I could escape these "software jails" by installing a free operating system on a tablet. It's possible, read along to find out how I escaped!

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Debian GNU/Linux - The universal operating system
Debian GNU/Linux - The universal operating system
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
Debian GNU/Linux Installer Menu on Surface Go - happy me
Debian GNU/Linux Installer Menu on Surface Go - happy me
You can use another computer to create a bootable USB stick, I used my ThinkPad X1
You can use another computer to create a bootable USB stick, I used my ThinkPad X1
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app
Pen input works using my custom linux kernel and the Xournal app

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